Weekly Gun News – Edition 19

It’ll be a very busy next several weeks, since we just settled on our new building, which we’ll be moving into before Thanksgiving, and I’m trying not to fall behind with client work at the same time. So thinks around here may be scarce some days. But my tabs are getting crowded, so it’s time to clear them:

Smart guns don’t work so well, so now it’s time for smart magazines!

Maryland scraps its gun fingerprint database because it was useless. Most ideas floated by gun control advocates are useless.

Troll or derp? It’s hard to tell these days.

What gun porn is from the guy who invented the term. I can’t think of anyone using gun porn as a term before SayUncle did.

Clayton Cramer has a new paper out “Do Ammunition Background Checks Reduce Murder Rates?” This is good stuff. The people passing this garbage couldn’t care less whether it’s effective. It’s only meant to frustrate you from your rights. But federal courts are supposed to care.

Dave Kopel has been writing about gun issues a lot over at The Volokh Conspiracy. See:

Safe storage of firearms: The harms from Bloomberg’s strange background check system.”

English Legal History and the Right to Carry Arms.”

Handgun bans for persons under 21: A hidden problem in Everytown’s ‘universal background checks’” and finally,

Sharing firearms for informal target shooting: Another legitimate activity outlawed by Everytown’s ‘universal background checks.’

Kindergartners get gun safety lessons at school. To a lot of gun control folks, this is a bad thing as long as NRA is doing it. They promote an abstinence only method. Puritans.

Andrew Branca tears apart a “scientific” study of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Dave Hardy links to the oral arguments in the Ezell II case. Note the difference in the level of preparedness and presentation between the Chicago attorney and Alan Gura. I think the judges noticed too. I figure at least one dissenter. Hopefully this case will go well for us. I’m optimistic after listening to that.

I’m not sure why I’m bothering to link this, since no one likes Martin O’Malley, but his 7 point plan on gun control is the same tired shit I’ve been listening to from anti-gunners my whole life.

Speaking of tired shit: “Does the phrase ‘gun control’ hurt the push for new gun laws?” You can call it whatever you want at this point. The public hasn’t been fooled by this crap in the past, and it won’t be in the future. Cam Edwards seems to agree.

Hey, I agree with Hillary on something. But I don’t think she and I agree what the end result would be of making this a fact. Hopefully she keeps writing our 2016 campaign ads.

Speaking of Hillary, apparently she’s making video games an issue. The youth vote is going to love that.

As this country descends further into lunacy, this handy guide to might be useful. This probably goes double for millennials, who mostly don’t know what fascism, or socialism for that matter, are.

11 Responses to “Weekly Gun News – Edition 19”

  1. Rob says:

    How do you get to be a lawyer without knowing how to properly pronounce “cache”?

  2. The Jack says:

    The company says it plans to charge $150 to $200 for the clips, which can be refilled with new bullets.

    Wow! Yeah for a price that high they better be reusable clips!

    My god… the Dunning–Kruger is strong with this article.

    Oh and this looks like the company that they have “partnered” with.

    Huh… they’re on Long Island NY. Well to be fair a lot of gun mfgs are still in NE.

  3. Matt says:

    With regards to the “Smart” magazine story. I certainly hope that the people at Checkmate Industries think very carefully before getting in bed with this company. Hopefully Checkmate will remember what happened to S&W.

    • Sebastian says:

      I don’t really have a problem with this, as long as it’s not mandated.

      • AnOregonian says:

        Even if it did become mandatory, magazines are little more than a box with a spring in it, so disabling the ‘smart’ mechanism would be insanely easy.

        Of course then they’d make disabling it illegal.

        • Alpheus says:

          And, of course, criminals are just itching to follow such a law, are they not?

          “Oh no, I can’t rob this bank, because I can’t legally disable this magazine, or buy a real magazine off of the black market, where I happened to get this gun and magazine.”

          Yeah, and after that criminal is going to be given “life with no parole”, getting an added five years to his sentence, to be served consecutively* with his other sentencing, is going to convince him to not disable the magazine at all.

          (* I’m kidding: we know that this criminal is only going to get 7 years for the murder of those people in the bank, and the sentencing for altering the magazine will be concurrent rather than consecutive**.

          (** Actually, this charge will be dropped as a part of a plea bargain that will ensure that the criminal will be sentenced to 5 years with the possibility of parole.))

          Of course, we shouldn’t forget: any peaceable person who has a broken magazine because he dropped his gun, and wasn’t even aware that the magazine was broken, is going to get the full 5 years of prison for disabling the ‘smart’ mechanism, and he’s not going to be able to plea bargain anything, because this is the only charge brought up against him!

  4. Brad says:

    Derp?! Oh come on now. That guy is hilarious and clearly one of us! What happened to peoples sense of humor?

  5. Alpheus says:

    From the Smart “Clips” article:

    “many gun enthusiasts will see this as a back door to restricting their Second Amendment rights”—and pressure retailers to keep the magazines off their shelves.

    Gun enthusiasts don’t see this as a back door to restricting Second Amendment rights, per se. It’s the bureaucrat’s inclination to say “Regular magazines now need to be banned, once these are put onto market!” that causes gun enthusiasts to be nervous of these things.

    Come to think of it, the fingerprint scanner is supposed to work 99,999 out of 100,000. I’m guessing that this is normal conditions. What about when it’s raining, and your fingerprint is wet? Or if it’s muddy? Or you’re wearing gloves because it’s cold outside? Or your hand is covered in blood from the stab wound your attacker gave you before you could pull your gun out? Or your fingerprint is merely covered in sweat?

    Too often, people like to say “We should ban guns because they are designed to kill people!” Well, to some extent, this is false, for otherwise approximately 299,970,000 guns are defective, because they never kill anyone (assuming one gun per gun death, which is a bit of a stretch).

    But in another sense, it’s true, and we carry guns because we recognize that sometimes even peaceable people have to kill: and when such situations arise, they very seldom occur at the comfort of a nice, air-conditioned indoor gun range…

  6. Alpheus says:

    Concerning Maryland’s Gun Fingerprinting:

    One thing that was mentioned, that a single casing returns hundreds of images, was blamed on faulty software. This blaming, however, belies a lack of understanding of statistics: If you have a system with hundreds of thousands of potential matches, you are going to get lots of false positives.

    The reason why ballistic fingerprinting works on a case-by-case basis, is that you have a gun, a bullet, and a bit of brass: it’s not that difficult to determine whether or not these three things match!

    Another observation: the claim that (1) it typically takes 15 years for guns to be stolen and used in crime, and the system has only been around for 15 years…”so we just need to give the system a chance!” ignores the fact that this is just an average, and there are guns that get into the criminal underground immediately, or even just after a couple of years. It also ignores the fact that, while the average for guns in the black market to get there is 15 years, the average for any given gun to go black market is approximately never.

    Final observation: It’s also stupid to assume that the system will work, if given a chance, when the police officers themselves have given up photographing the incoming brass! Presumably, because the officers involved recognize that there’s better, more productive uses for their time.

    • TS says:

      Remember a while back when the antis were claiming one successful solving of a case using the database? It was highly dubious at the time, but now that this story broke, I read a detail that makes that claim laughable. The police went to the database after the suspect was arrested and charged for murder. After. They just used the database to verify that a gun matches the crime scene casing- just like they do in every other state.